6 Best Places in the World for Astrophotography
We live in a concrete jungle with city lights so bright that seeing stars has become a privilege. But there are still some places in the world where you can witness the Milky Way in all its glory. Not only that, you can capture these beautiful moments on your lens and relive it over and over again.
So here’s a list of 6 Amazing places in the world where professionals or amateurs can go and capture the magnificent sky.
Atacama Desert , Chile
Located in Northern Chile, Atacama desert is a red desert which looks strikingly similar to Mars also because of the intensely dry atmosphere. This place is a treat for photographers due to the unpolluted skies. Under a clear night sky in the Atacama Desert, peer into outer space on this 2.5-hour stargazing tour. Departing from San Pedro de Atacama, visit South America’s largest public observatory and learn from an astronomer-guide how to read the sky.
La Palma , Canary Islands
La Palma is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. This island is a hidden gem adorned with black sand beaches and volcanic scenery.
La Palma was the first place in the world to be named a Starlight Reserve and has viewing points marked all around the island.
The Llano del Jable astronomic viewpoint is the best place to view the constellations in January just after nightfall. Even without binoculars, you can see one of the furthest celestial objects that are visible to the naked eye – the Great Andromeda Nebula.
Sagarmatha National Park , Nepal
Sagarmatha is a marvelous area with amazingly high mountains, glaciers, valleys dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.
The name Sagarmatha means forehead in Nepali. A UNESCO world heritage site with hiking treks and one of the most dramatic stargazing experience nature has to offer.
Spiti Valley , Tibet/India
The Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.
Kibber town in Spiti Valley is considered the highest motorable village in the World. Elevated at 14000 feet, it is the ideal spot for stargazing and is considered a location that stands out amongst all others.
Mauna Kea , Hawaii
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the biggest island of Hawaii . it’s about a million years old. It is a 14,000 foot summit to witness the amazing Hawaiian night sky. The guides there call it a “Star Party”. It sure will be a party for your lens too!
Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve , New Zealand
It is the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserve, and the world’s biggest. A dark sky preserve is an area which restricts urban pollution and is made mainly for astronomical purposes.
Exploring the wonders and depth of the solar system, Milky Way galaxy and beyond with the naked eye – A passionate, experienced guide would be there to help you explore.
To all the shutterbugs out there, charge up the camera, grab your gear and go explore these breath-taking spots. Test your photography skills while you’re at it!